Wow, the middle of August already and it feels like fall is here. Certainly the weather makes it seem that way, but the slowing down of summer crops and fall crops beginning is just another reminder of how early everything is this year. We can already smell the grapes ripening on the vine, which is about 3 weeks early. So bottom line is you need to enjoy the summer vegetables as they begin to wind down. We still have sweet corn, green beans, peppers, onions, red potatoes, eggplant and summer squash.
Summer Fruit: We will have peaches for only about one more week in small quantities only. (1 and 2-quart boxes.) The variety we are picking now is Flamin’ Fury. We might get a few very late peaches around Labor Day, but we don’t know if we can get them before the deer and raccoons have their fill. We are still bringing in cantaloupe daily and now have lots of watermelon coming in.
Last chance to get Bartlett Pears. We have picked all of the Bartlett Pears for the year. If you would like some, please call us at 269-244-5690 to reserve them. They are $36 a bushel this year due to only having 10% of a crop. The pears are very nice this year.
Stanley Prune Plums. We hope to pick our plums this weekend, again we have very few of these due to the spring freeze but will have them available in 1 quart, 2 quart and pecks (1/4 of a bushel).
Fall Apples: We started picking our fall apples today. We have Gala and JonaMac available in small eating quantities as well as bushels. Both of these apples are good for eating or cooking. Come try a sample of each. Also, since we will only have a few Macintosh apples this year (no bushels) both the Gala and JonaMac would be close replacements for a Macintosh, especially for applesauce. We also picked a few of our early Honeycrisp trees and have these available in half-pecks. We are in the process of putting together a 2012 apple update which will let you know what kind of apples we expect to have, approximately when they will be ready and other information. This will be available on our website and we will have copies in the market.
U-Pick Tomatoes: We still have plenty of tomatoes for you to pick at $14 a bushel. Everyone who has picked so far has been very pleased, the picking is very good right now and takes about 10 minutes to fill up a bushel. If you need your tomatoes to be picked, please call the market at 269-244-5690, we are taking orders for 1st quality bushels and “2nds”.
Brandy Availability: Our brandy sales this year has depleted our stock and we are currently out of apple, pear and peach brandy. We hope to make all 3 of these yet this year. So we currently only have cherry and grape brandy on hand.
Baked Goods: We will have baked goods Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All of the usual cookies, pies, cinnamon rolls and bread.
Welcome to the Three Rivers Triathlon/Duathlon participants, friends, family and supporters. We wish you luck on the race and hope you enjoy eating all of our fresh produce that we have made available for you after the race. We’d love to have you stop by on your way home to pick up some. We feel like every day is a triathlon here on the farm. So we welcome you to participate in our own triathlon.
- Event 1: Pick up 2 of our jumbo long-striped watermelon (weighs approximately 25 pounds each) from the field, put one under each arm, note they will be wet and muddy, run them over to the waiting tractor and wagon (1/4th mile away). Please note that field will be muddy, with uneven surfaces and field rock obstacles to get around.
- Event 2: Carry wooden crates of fresh dug potatoes (approximately 65 pounds) from the field, to the waiting truck, approximately 1/8th of a mile away. Caution again on mud, uneven surfaces and rocks.
- Event 3: Help us carry in large mesh corn bags from the truck to our cooler. Each bag holds 5 dozen and weighs 50 pounds. We expect you to carry 2 at a time, just like several of our workers can!! Surface will be flat cement (yeah!) and when you get into the cooler, it will be 50 degrees, we can cool you right down!
As always thank for buying local and have a great weekend!
Beth and everyone at Corey Lake Orchards